Thursday, November 27, 2014

Into The Woods JR.

Bottle Tree Productions has obtained the rights from Music Theatre International to perform Into The Woods JR at the  Baby Grand Theatre in down town Kingston May 7th-9th.
It is our Musical Theatre Class Production. Classes start in January. To register please go to Register Online

Into The Woods JR.

Book by  James Lapine 
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim 
Based on classic fairy tales 

1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G 
Broadway Junior Version 

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. (60 Minute Version for Young Performers)

The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into The Woods JR., an adaptation of one of Sondheim’s most popular works designed especially for young performers.

All of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—meet and interact in this whimsical original story. The musical centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

With unforgettable roles, little dancing, and no chorus, Into The Woods JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier – though still challenging –for young performers. Into The Woods JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Contemporary Monologues

Contemporary monologues can showcase the range of emotions in ways a teen or young adult can identify with. Bottle Tree Productions has a number of great contemporary monologues for young men and women which are suitable for auditioning with.

Ghost of the Tree has several monologues which are suitable for young women. Ghost of the Tree is a psychological and historical mystery that deals with seven generations of women going from a pregnant homeless teen back through history to the root cause of the family's tragedy.

Pretty Pieces is a powerful tale of madness, of a brother and sister trying to fit the pieces of their life together. Sometimes, closed doors should be left closed. Great monologues for young people

Demons of the Mind is the story of a young mother who descends into madness and kills her children. A terrifying story of possession. Talia Pura has constructed a dark fable for our modern times.

Tio's Blues is the story of a misfit romance that goes terribly wrong. Poetic and powerful; from the pen of Evan Guilford-Blake Tio's Blues takes you on a dark journey into tragedy.

AKA Jason by Marianne Miller is a funny story of a low-achieving young man on a break at a call centre. Wise and humorous, this play is a view from the bottom looking up in an outsourced business.

For great monologues for that next audition go to contemporary.monologues

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Swordplay and Sweet Words – Cyrano is Sure to Please

Kingston, ON – Bottle Tree Productions' presentation of Cyrano is sure to please audiences of all ages. Three actors perform fourteen roles in this one-act play at The Baby Grand from Nov. 26-29.

Playwright Jo Roets has created a masterful adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand. His play is accessible for all while remaining a pleasurable challenge for the actors. Leading man, Martin Fobert (Cyrano) says, “I love this script. Every time I go over it, I am seeing added meaning, and different ways that things can be done to lead the audience in one direction or another. It's a terrific piece of writing.”

Director Amie Bello says, “I see a Commedia dell'arte aspect to this piece which is exciting to bring out. While we are not using masks, per se, the actors have to portray many characters and situations, and the changes are all done right in front of the audience. It showcases the ability of these actors and it is very entertaining to watch.”

As well as strong writing and acting, the story is helped along by the use of live Foley sound – performed on stage as a feature of the show. Foley, also known as sound effects, is normally associated with movies or radio plays, but in this case it is creatively used to help the audience become completely immersed in the play. Hannah Smith (Roxanne) says, “I've always thought that being a Foley artist would be fun. This is great fun and the audience will love it. I am very busy with Foley and sometimes it's a challenge to keep up, which is exciting and also terrifying! ”

Justin Robertson, who has the most character changes of the three, says, “It is challenging to change from character to character. Sometimes, I have literally the amount of time that it takes to turn around to change from DeGuiche (the self-centered, cynical count) to Christian (the apple of Roxanne's eye). I am loving it.”

Producer Anne Marie Mortensen, notes that this show is excellent for everyone. “It is accessible and has lots of humour mixed with the pathos. Everyone will understand it. It is a bit like watching Bugs Bunny – young people understand it on a certain level, and adults understand it in a more sophisticated way - but everyone enjoys it.”

Cyrano runs November 26 through November 29 at the Baby Grand. Curtain is 7:30 nightly, with a 3:00 matinee on Saturday the 29th. Tickets may be purchased through the Grand Theatre Box Office. 613-530-2050